VERY FINE POST-WAR LETTER FROM CONFEDERATE PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS DISCUSSING GENERAL JOHN BELL HOOD AND THE 1864 FRANKLIN-NASHVILLE CAMPAIGN.
This letter contains fascinating content by President Davis critiquing General Taylor's book and asks that General Walthall tell General Hood that he had recently called but failed to find him. In relation to the failed campaign against William Tecumseh Sherman's army, Davis states "So I told you when the matter passed beyond the stage at which the pursuit of Sherman was feasible, I was one of those who wished more than was expected from the invasion of Tennessee and objected to the tone of unmeasured censure heaped upon it after the failure."
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING CIVIL WAR LETTER FROM CONFEDERATE PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS TO ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE COMMANDER, GENERAL BRAXTON BRAGG, IN THE AFTERMATH OF HIS 1862 KENTUCKY CAMPAIGN.
This letter was written just after the Battle of Perryville, which was the culmination of the Confederate Heartland Offensive, or Kentucky Campaign. Bragg won a tactical victory against Union General Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio, but withdrew to Tennessee soon thereafter. The Union retained control of Kentucky thereafter for the remainder of the War.
A REMARKABLE WARTIME LETTER FROM CONFEDERATE GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE, REVEALING HIS REMARKABLE COMPASSION AND SYMPATHY FOR THE GREAT PERSONAL LOSS AND SUFFERING OF SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
The letter reads: "Near Petersburg 19 Decr '64
My dear Miss Lucy
I have just recd your note of the 17th Inst., requesting a leave of absence for Mr. Leigh Robinson, in order that he may spend Xmas with you. It will give me peculiar pleasure to comply with your wishes in this instance & I hope nothing will occur to prevent his leaving his Compy. Every indulgence should be accorded, compatible with the interest of the Service, to one whose sacrifice to his Country has been so great. Yet how happy are his noble brothers in their quiet bed, side by side! Who can wish them back to this life of trial & adversity? I did see your sorrow my Sweet Child on the Sunday you refer to. I knew the Cause & my grief was mingled with yours. The death of every man in this army cuts me to the heart. May God in his great mercy receive those appointed to die, & may he take you & all yours in his holy keeping.
Very truly yours
R E Lee
Lucy Minnegerode was the young daughter of Reverend Charles Minnegerode, the rector of St. Paul's Church in Richmond, and a social acquaintance of the Lee family. The subject of General Lee's and Lucy's correspondence, Leigh Robinson, was the son of Conway Robinson and Susan Selden Leigh, family friends of the Minnegerodes. Leigh's two brothers were killed in action prior to this exchange of letters: William Colston Robinson on Oct. 14 1863, at the Battle of Bristoe Station, and Cary Robinson on October 27, 1864, near Boydtown Plank Road. General Lee's reference to Lucy's sorrow is tied to her friend Cary's death, and his rhetorical question, "Yet how happy are his noble brothers in their quiet bed, side by side! Who can wish them back to this life of trial & adversity?," is a direct reference to Leigh's two fallen brothers. By granting Lucy's request, General Lee showed remarkable compassion, and he reveals his great emotional pain over the loss of his beloved troops after years of war. Four months after writing this letter, General Lee would offer his sword to General Grant at Appomattox.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE CONFEDERATE STAMPED COVER ADDRESSED BY GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE TO HIS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, CHARLOTTE, AT WHITE HOUSE, THE FAMILY ESTATE IN VIRGINIA AND FORMER RESIDENCE OF GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON. MONTHS LATER, IN MAY 1862, THE ESTATE WAS TAKEN OVER BY UNION GENERAL McCLELLAN AND USED AS HIS HEADQUARTERS.
White House, the first home of George and Martha Washington, was inherited by William H. Fitzhugh Lee, son of General Robert E. Lee. In March 1862, two months after this cover was mailed, General Lee wrote to his wife, who was staying at White House, expressing his concern that the property might become too dangerous to inhabit. Two months after that, Lee's concern proved prescient, as McClellan's army move into Virginia's Tidewater region and captured White House, turning it into McClellan's headquarters.
A RARE MILITARY LETTER FROM THE CELEBRATED CONFEDERATE GENERAL "STONEWALL" JACKSON, ORDERING ANDERSON'S BRIDAGE TO MOVE TO A POSITION "CALCULATED TO PREVENT THE ENEMY FROM CROSSING THE RAPPAHANNOCK".
The Rappahannock River was a key military objective for both sides, which culminated in the Battle of Chancellorsville, which was one of General Robert E. Lee's most decisive victories over a much larger Union force. Jackson died on May 10, 1863, shortly after this was written, from complications of gunshot wounds mistakenly inflicted by Confederate lookouts on May 2.